Sunday, March 23, 2008

Daffodil Hill, Amador County

Since we got an inside information that daffodils are at full bloom in the foothills we decided to visit Daffodil Hills in Amador County. Our GPS was rather flaky and directed us to a rather roundabout way to get there. We driove through the town of Plymouth, village of Fiddletown, and other ungodly places. However we made it to the hill after a couple of hours of driving.
Reiko and Will came with us. Will kept asking "Are we there yet?" Reiko was nice and quiet.
The Daffodils were beautiful.
We enjoyed the nice and peaceful scenery.
We went to Toscano Winery in Plymouth for lunch before heading back down to the Bay Area.
By the way, there is no hot lunch served in the wineries in Amador County. It has something to do with the county regulations. They don't want tour buses, we guess!!! In any case the area was beautiful.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Happy Girls Day aka Peach Festival

3/3 or March 3rd is the Girls' Day, also known as Momo no Sekku (Peach Festival) or Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) in Japan. So, girls (young and old), stop by our house to view the beautiful doll displays and blooming peach tree and a cup of amazake (sweet sake).

These exquisit standing dolls were gift from Grandma May and Auntie Hisako when daughter Hanako was born.

I got the large set of sitting dolls (Ohina-sama) in Honolulu, Hawaii where daughter Hanako was born.